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My Papa’s Waltz-Colbee

February 18, 2011 · No Comments · Poetry Reflections for 2/18 (actual due date moved to 2/22)

The poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke is told from a small boy’s point of view. When the author writes “My right ear scraped a buckle.” This means that the boy is only about waist high which would explain why the little boy isn’t very good at waltzing. I think this poem is important because it shows how much the boy loves his father. The author says that the boy “clings to his shirt” and “Hung on like death”. This means that the boy loves his father so much that he didn’t want to have to let go of him.

This poem has an abab rhyme scheme. The rhyme scheme makes the poem seem lighter and more fun. It takes the seriousness out of the poem by making it flow with a faster pace kind of like a song. I think the rhyme scheme is necessary because it makes it seem a little more juvenile like it is supposed to because it is told from a child’s point of view.